Matt Orlando is an elected Chandler City Council member.
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One way to do that would be to make sure all vets get the same benefits end the if you served between this date and that date you get X.
If you can prove its getting harder to wipe your as s with no hand as you get older you get a benefit bump. Does that sound sane to you.
Thank you for your words of support for our Veterans, Military personnel and their families.
I, too, am a Veteran. And I am working to establish Arizona as the most Veteran supportive state in the nation. We have to go beyond "lip service" and "bake sales" to accomplish this mission.
We will advocate, initiate, and integrate comprehensive public policies and private projects by operating a statewide enterprise which focuses on Arizona Veterans, service members, and their families in the areas of education & training, job & economic opportunities, and health & wellness.
Arizona is home to over 600,000 Veterans, over 20,000 active duty military personnel, and about 14,000 National Guard and Reserve personnel as of 2011. The US Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that an additional 1,000,000 Veterans will be transitioning to civilian life over the next five years. The Arizona Department of Veterans Services estimates that 100,000 of those Veterans will be coming to Arizona.
Economically, financially and socially, what's good for Veterans and Military personnel is good for the State of Arizona. VA expenditures alone infuse in excess of $2 billion annually into the Arizona economy. Our military bases and defense contractors infuse another $10 -12 BILLION per year into our economy as well.
A small example is that we need more Veterans Benefits Counselors (VBCs). These are the people who reach out to our Veterans, analyze their benefits and aid the Veterans in making their benefits claim, which help support our Veterans with the basic goods and services they need: food, clothing, housing and transportation.
If we invest in our Veterans by using our enterprise based models in education, jobs and wellness, Arizona will reap the social, economic and financial benefits now and for generations to come.
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